Thomas Whiteside shot Charlotte Gainsbourg for Elle’s « Women in Music »!

Photo: Thomas Whiteside; styled by Kate Lanphear
Her own Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière jacket and top.
Photographed March 4, 2010 at her house in Paris

Rock of Angels: Women in Music 2010
From soul’s reigning R&B queen to pop’s newly minted bad girl, ELLE honors the women who aren’t afraid to make some noise

June 14, 2010 9:00 a.m.

Charlotte Gainsbourg

“I love sweaters that feel secondhand. There’s something about things with a past that I like.”

Among the benefits of being Charlotte Gainsbourg—besides being a French national treasure, an indie film icon, and muse of Balenciaga designer Nicolas Ghesquière (with the innate ability to turn jeans and a T-shirt into the embodiment of “effortless cool”)—is knowing that when you’re ready to record, music’s finest minds will line up to work with you. The 38-year-old’s latest effort, IRM, is the result of a year-and-a-half-long collaboration with Beck—her breathy vocals the perfect match for his folky-electronic sound. Much has been made of the title, the French
acronym for MRI, an experience Gainsbourg became all too familiar with in 2007 after suffering a near-fatal brain hemorrhage due to a water-skiing accident. Though the machine’s discordant sound pops up on the title track—“I liked the idea of putting something clinical into a song”—she insists that Beck wasn’t directed to write about the ordeal. “Beck wrote a lyric, ‘Drill my brain/ All full of holes’ [for the song ‘Master’s Hands’],” she says. “At the time, he didn’t realize that I actually had a hole in my head!”—Maggie Bullock

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Aurélie M

Je tweet, je blog, je tumblr, je facebook, je Google+ sur Charlotte et Serge Gainsbourg. Je me souviens être tombée sous le charme de Charlotte dans l’Effrontée, de fil en aiguille, j’ai ensuite développé une passion pour la musique de Serge. Qui j’aime le plus des deux ? Je ne saurais dire.

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